Top 10 Private Universities in Nigeria (2021 Update)


6. Igbinedion University

Igbinedion University located in Okada, Edo State, which is the pioneer private university in Nigeria, is the 6th best private university in the country. This university is known to be very good in academic output.  It was the first private university in the country to produce medical doctors. And more than that, one its students, Mr Sunday Damilola Olawuyi, in 2006, obtained a First Class Honours qualification in the Nigerian Bar examinations, thereby making Igbinedion university the only private university in Nigeria to have produced a first class student in the Nigerian Bar Examinations.  Its school fees is about N643,000.00 per session.

7. Ajayi Crowther University and 8. Bells University

Ajayi Crowther University, Ibadan, established by the Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) in 2005 and Bells University of Technology, Ota, Ogun State established also in 2005, are the 7th and 8th best private universities respectively in Nigeria.  While Ajayi Crowther University boasts of a Full Accreditation status for all the courses offered across its three faculties: Humanities, Social and Management Sciences and Natural Sciences, Bells University of Technology prides itself as Nigeria’s foremost private University of Technology in its ability to create new ways of thinking.

9. Afe Babalola University

The 9th best private university in Nigeria is Afe Babalola University located at Ado-Ekiti  in Ekiti State.  This is the first and only university in Nigeria to have commenced academic activities on its permanent site with all the facilities in place within 8 months.  It is also reputed to be a university that has entrepreneurship and language centres which all students are required to pass through during their period of study to enable them become job creators instead of job seekers, at the end of their programmes.

10. Critas University

Finally, Critas University, Amorji-Nike, Enugu State which is owned by the Catholic Church, and which was opened in 2005, is the 10th best private university in Nigeria.  Caritas University strives to revive the age-long successful tradition of Catholic education in Nigeria, and its principal objective is to become the best centre of learning, teaching and research.



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